3130 Walnut Street
|Oof that's some bad concrete.|
Nonetheless, fuck this building. This dirty piece of concrete dogmeat looks worse than the railyard it replaced. Though I like that it has an entrance on the level of the Walnut Street Bridge, they couldn't have made a worse design for it.. blech. The origin of this thing is pretty well known. It started in 1968 when a bunch of rich-ass alumni from the Penn class of 1923 came together into a group called the Friends of Pennsylvania Hockey. They scrounged up 3.2 million dollars in order to build a new hockey facility on the UPenn campus. Back then, Penn's hockey team was a big fucking deal.
Over 3 million of the 3.2 million came from one donor, Class of 23er Howard Butcher. The donation was the largest ever in Penn history at the time. Eventually the NYC-based architecture firm of Robert S. McMillan Associates, who usually design stuff for Africa and the Middle East, were commissioned to design the new 2,900 seat rink. Once built in 1970, people went nuts over it. Hockey games in the arena were always nearly sold out.
In 1978, Penn pulled the plug on Ice Hockey due to budget problems. Ever since, the arena has hosted high school hockey, figure skating shows, trade shows, and other crap. Despite being extremely outdated and ugly, the shitpile is still the largest collegiate arena in Pennsylvania. Pitiful. I'm not the only one who thinks this thing should be gone. Penn knows how fucked up this place is.
In 2005-2007, Penn's Master Plan had the Class of 23 demolished in favor of a more intensive use building. Though the demolition wasn't set to take place until 2020 and though Penn guaranteed a replacement rink, NIMBYs came out to protest it. The crowd at the initial planning meeting roared and the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference put out a petition to stop it. Why the fuck are they trying to save this thing? It looks like its about to crumble into dust!
|2006 Dead-Ass Proposal Master Plan from Penn. The replacement building is behind that tall one.|
|You really want to save this? That's like trying to save a sand castle.|